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Calcasieu hit-and-run on I-10 ends in two fatalities

Fatal crash
Posted at 9:57 AM, Mar 08, 2022

Two people are dead following a hit-and-run crash on I-10 involving an 18-wheeler.

Louisiana State Police say on March 7, 2022, around 10:15 p.m., Troopers responded to a multiple vehicle hit-and-run crash on I-10 near interstate 210 in Calcasieu Parish.

The crash claimed the life of 23-year-old Narlyn Chinchilla-Lopez of San Antonio, Texas and an unidentified passenger.

Troopers say new evidence related to this crash shows the driver of the 18-wheeler involved was located and cleared of any wrongdoing and criminal intent.

New evidence indicates that the driver of the pickup was traveling west on the paved inside shoulder of I-10 near milepost 35. The driver steered his vehicle to the right and sideswiped the rear left side tires on the trailer of the 18-wheeler.

After the impact, the pickup crossed the center median and struck Lopez's head-on in the eastbound lanes of travel.

The victim's vehicle was then struck in the rear by another vehicle.

Lopez, and the unidentified rear passenger, sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene. Positive identification for the rear passenger is pending, troopers say.

The front-seat passenger in one of the vehicles involved sustained moderate injuries. The occupants of the pickup and another vehicle all sustained moderate injuries and seat belt usage is unknown at this time.

This crash remains under investigation. Additional charges are possible and the crash remains under further review. No arrests have been made, State Police say.

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